Ailing Dennis Hopper gets a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

I was shocked to read this in the newspaper today.  Doesn’t look good…

The actor is saluted by friends and gives thanks to fans during the ceremony.

Months after revealing that he was battling prostate cancer, Dennis Hopper was back in front of the cameras on Friday when he received the 2,403rd star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

The 73-year-old actor, who disclosed his cancer last October, appeared to be in good spirits as he arrived for the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Egyptian Theatre. Nevertheless, the actor has lost a significant amount of weight; his face, shaded partly by a newsboy cap, was gaunt and a heavy jacket hung off his body.

"Everyone here today that I’ve invited — and obviously some that I haven’t invited — have enriched my life tremendously," Hopper said when accepting his star. "They’ve shown me a world that I’d never seen, being a farm boy from Dodge City, Kansas."

At the event, hundreds of fans crowded behind metal barricades to snap pictures and cheer for the actor as Leron Gubler, president and chief executive of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, listed Hopper’s numerous credits, which include "Rebel Without a Cause," "Easy Rider" (which he co-wrote, directed and starred in), "Blue Velvet," "Hoosiers", "Waterworld" and "Speed."

Jack Nicholson, left, and Dennis Hopper, who worked together in "Easy Rider," talk at the ceremony. Hopper, who previously announced that he has prostate cancer, told the crowd that he had bandages on his arm and above his eye because of a fall on Thursday.

Before taking the stage, Hopper listened to tributes from actor Viggo Mortensen and film producer Mark Canton. Also in attendance were "Easy Rider" co-star Jack Nicholson, "Blue Velvet" director David Lynch, singer Johnny Mathis and philanthropist Eli Broad.

"In the short attention span of most moviegoers and critics, he is someone who has seemed to regularly rise out of the ashes of self-inflicted chaos, surprising us with his originality and wit as an artist and defying the odds by somehow staying alive physically and professionally," said Mortensen, who greeted Hopper with a large kiss on the cheek. The two costarred in 1991’s "The Indian Runner" and 1993’s "Boiling Point."

Actor Dennis Hopper hugs his 7-year-old daughter Galen on Friday morning as he receives the 2,403th star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Also in attendance were members of Hopper’s family, including his daughter Galen, who was celebrating her seventh birthday. Throughout the proceedings she bounced to her feet to cheer for her father, later posing for pictures with her arms around his neck.
Unveiling of his star
Hopper was helped up to the stage by aides. His speech was slightly labored, but his words were clear and heartfelt. After introducing his family, the actor explained that he had bandages on his arm and above his eye because of a fall on Thursday. He then addressed those in attendance.
"Everything I learned — I got it all from you, so this has been my home and my schooling," Hopper said.

"And I love all of you," he said. "And I just want to thank you. That’s all I can do."

He appears to be in good spirits
Hopper has become a tabloid staple since January, when he filed for divorce after 14 years of marriage. A bitter and much-publicized feud has ensued between him and his wife, Victoria.

Joseph Mannis, Hopper’s lawyer, has said the actor is too weak to participate in a deposition for the divorce case. Friday’s appearance was approved by Hopper’s doctor, who said in court documents that the ceremony would be a positive experience for the actor. Doctors have described Hopper’s cancer as terminal.

After the ceremony, Broad hugged Hopper for a few moments. The two became close because of Hopper’s work as an art collector, artist and photographer. Broad, who sits on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, said the museum would hold an exhibition devoted to Hopper this summer.

"I think Dennis is a great person, a great asset to the film industry, to the art world and to Los Angeles," Broad said.

Dennis Hopper with his best friend Jack Nicholson
"So you can’t pay attention to what some of these tabloid stories are about. He’s a great friend."How very sad and it happened so quickly.   I can only pray that he goes painlessly and in peace.

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5 Responses to Ailing Dennis Hopper gets a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

  1. Joe says:

    I saw this Bob and it’s true he doesn’t look good. I think it’s been quite a season of people passing away don’t you think? Well, we’re still here, so have a terrific weekend my friend!

  2. john says:

    A personna that hung around in various capacities.When I lived in New Mexico would bump into him a couple of timeslike you, hope his suffering is not long and goes as an easy rider.

  3. Sandra says:

    It was so sad & a shock to me as well. I just heard about Robert Kulp, there it was in the headlines.He dosen’t look good at all. But i sincerly hope& pray for the Lord to be with him and his family. This is so sad.

  4. Grandma's says:

    Very sad indeed. I feel badly for his lovely little daughter. I pray he goes peacefully. I loved the movie "Easy Rider"….but oddly enough I can’t remember Jack Nicholson in it. Guess its time to find the movie and watch it again (it has been a long time).I’ll be seeking your assistance with WLS soon (gotta get month end books done first).Hope all is well with you.~Karin~

  5. Lisa R. says:

    Bob, Thank you for posting this, I didn’t know anything about it. Obviously love the movie "Easy Rider". I really hate to hear about his health. Glad that he got the star on the walk of fame!To Grandma’s Many Blessings, Jack Nicholson played the drunk lawyer who rode on the back of Peter Fonda’s bike and unfortunately got killed in the desert.Your friend always, Lisa.

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